Maximum-likelihood approaches applied to quantitative genetics of natural populations.

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Growing interest in adaptive evolution in natural populations has spurred efforts to infer genetic components of variance and covariance of quantitative characters. Difficulties inherent in the usual least-squares methods of estimation are reviewed. A useful alternative approach is that of maximum likelihood. Its particular advantage over least squares is that estimation and testing procedures are well defined, regardless of the design of the data. -from Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)812-826
Number of pages15
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1987


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